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Crews continue to make progress in U.P. forest fire

Andrew Norton

The Sleeper Lake Forest Fire is estimated to be 67% contained and the chance of some more rain showers on Thursday would definitely be a help. Firefighters continue to battle the blaze with the help of marshmasters (they look like mini-tanks), three Blackhawk helicopters, and two CL-215 water bombing aircraft. Read today's Marquette Mining Journal article about the fire.

U.P. forest fire is 50% contained

Andrew Norton

Officials are saying that the Sleeper Lake Fire is contained by a fire line along about 50% of the fire's perimeter. The total acres burnt are now up to 18,483. The fire is the U.P.'s largest in about 30 years and in order for the fire to be completely extinguished it will be up to nature to take its course and some time.

Read the full article about the current condition of the fire at the Mining Journal.

Three stories of interest from Northern Michigan

Andrew Norton

It is a bit odd, but some interesting stories that have hit the newswire the past couple of days that all take place in Northern Michigan and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. First and foremost is the wildfire that has apparently stalled out after consuming some 18,000 acres of forest. For the first time since the fire began last week, the fire did not advance on Thursday. Fire lines have now ensnared about 70 percent of the fire's perimeter and hopes are high that the fire can be contained and snuffed out without further damage. Locals believe that the fire will not be officially put out until snow blankets the region.

Some sad news from the Mackinac Bridge of an unidentified woman who jumped 175 feet to her death just before 4 p.m. yesterday. There was another suicide at the bridge this past February and in the bridge's 50 years there have been more than a dozen such deaths at the bridge.

Here is a story that, if true, is one of those "how did that happen?" type of stories. An apple farmer and his family were searching for rocks along the Lake Superior shore at Fort Wilkins State Park when they came upon an orange weather beaten life preserver. Further inspection showed the faded and worn name of the ship - Edmund Fitzgerald.

Some are speculating that the preserver was planted by someone for whatever jollies they might derive from it. Is it possible that a piece of wreckage was actually found almost 32 years after the Edmund Fitzgerald sank? I think it is possible and so does a daughter, Cheryl Rozman, of one of the 29 who perished - Ransom Cundy.

The Keweenaw area is rugged and unpopulated and the preserver was found near a fallen tree which could have offered it a hiding place all of these years.

Smoke from U.P. forest fire visible from Mackinaw City

Andrew Norton

Forest Fire, originally uploaded by tamdotcom.

The Upper Peninsula forest fire has now claimed 16,000 acres which is only about 10% contained as of last night. This photo was taken from Mackinaw City and you can see the smoke from the forest fire highlighted in the sunset.

Michigan residents as far south as Petoskey could see and smell the smoke generated by the blaze.

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Upper Peninsula forest fire continues to burn

Andrew Norton

The fire in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that is believed to have been caused by lightning has now destroyed over 15,000 acres. Thankfully there have been no injuries as of yet due to the fire. Evacuations for some nearby residents is also a possibility. This is the state's largest forest fire since one in 1999 burned just over 5,000 acres in western Marquette County.

The current fire is creeping up on Tahquamenon Falls state park and is also within 6 miles of Newberry. Residents have been informed that evacuations are still a possibility.

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Via Google News The Marquette Mining Journal